Women’s underwear and school test results dumped in Gittisham road

PUBLISHED: 07:00 07 December 2017

The dumped waste in Beech Walk.

The dumped waste in Beech Walk.


The rubbish was discovered strewn across vegetation at Beech Walk by a local dog walker, who has branded the sight ‘disgusting’.

Women’s underwear, painting supplies and even school test results have been dumped on a scenic Gittisham road.

The rubbish was discovered strewn across vegetation at Beech Walk by a local dog walker, who has branded the sight ‘disgusting’.

Rob Waldron, 64, of Hornbeam Close, was walking his dog when he spotted the pile of waste and reported it to police and East Devon District Council.

Mr Waldron, a mechanic at Pecorama in Beer said: “I think it is downright disgusting.

“It is a terrible eyesore for one thing, and it could seriously injure wildlife.

“I can not believe people have this way of thinking.”

Mr Waldron said among the rubbish was test paper results from Sidmouth Primary School, and says if they were investigated, the child’s parents could be named and prosecuted.

He added: “The people who dumped this rubbish would have had to pass Sidmouth Recycling Centre on the way - why didn’t they drop it off there?

“Also, with the district council’s recycling service available, you can recycle anything.”

A spokeswoman for East Devon District Council said: “The council receives several reports each week of both small and larger scale flytipping.

“The waste will be cleared by the Streetscene React team as soon as possible.

“The enforcement officers in the environmental health team will fully investigate the circumstances and, where possible, issue one of three fixed penalty notices.

“The first is a £200 fine for a small amount of waste, the second is a £400 fine for larger quantities, and the third is a £300 fine to the carrier depositing the waste not in accordance with a waste transfer licence. It can take several weeks to carry out a thorough investigation.”

It is not the first time Beech Walk has been hit by flytippers.

In 2015, a big pile of flattened cardboard was left on the road and surrounding bushes - just 500 yards away from a sign warning about flytipping.

In another incident later that year, several black sacks full of household and garden waste were dumped at the car park near Beech Walk woods.

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